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Strange Recalls: magnets can rupture your intestine!
Kohdok at 7:22PM, July 5, 2007
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So I was browsing “Recalls.gov” for some reason and I stumbled across a lot of strange recalls. There were about 100 for laptop batteries with the most recent at July. However the strangest one I found was this:

Child’s Death Prompts Replacement Program of Magnetic Building Sets
Important Note: There is an update to this recall, which can be found by clicking here

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: All Magnetix Magnetic Building Sets

Units: About 3.8 million

Importer: Rose Art Industries Inc., of Livingston, N.J.

Hazard: Tiny magnets inside the plastic building pieces and rods can fall out. Magnets found by young children can be swallowed or aspirated. If more than one magnet is swallowed, the magnets can attract to each other and cause intestinal perforation or blockage, which can be fatal. This product is unsuitable for young children.

Incidents/Injuries: CPSC is aware of 34 incidents involving small magnets, including one death and four serious injuries. A 20-month-old boy died after he swallowed magnets that twisted his small intestine and created a blockage. Three children ages ranging from 3 to 8 had intestinal perforations that required surgery and hospitalization in intensive care. A 5-year-old child aspirated two magnets that were surgically removed from his lung.

Description: All Magnetix magnetic building sets including the X-treme Combo, Micro, and Extreme sets. The sets contain 20 to 200 plastic building pieces and 20 to 100 1/2-inch diameter steel balls. The building pieces are red, yellow, blue and green, and are shaped in 1 1/2-inch squares, 1-inch triangles and cylinder rods. Some plastic building pieces have “Magnetix” imprinted on them.

Sold at: Wal-Mart, Target, Toys R Us, Fred Meyer, Design Science Toys Ltd., A.C. Moore, and other toy and arts and crafts stores nationwide. The Magnetix magnetic building sets were sold from September 2003 through March 2006 for between $20 and $60, depending on the size of the set. The replacement program does not include sets at retail.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the magnetic sets and return the sets to Rose Art for a free replacement product suitable for young children under the age of 6. Consumers should be sure to keep all small magnet parts out of the hands of children who mouth objects, especially children under the age of three.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Rose Art at (800) 779-7122 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit Rose Art’s Web site at www.roseart.com



Picture of Recalled Magnetic Building Set Pieces Picture of Recalled Magnetic Building Set Pieces

Anybody else have some strange recall stories?
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Cthulhu at 7:49PM, July 5, 2007
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Hahaha, what?!
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Insanity at 10:51AM, July 9, 2007
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That's like someone recalling all Legos, because people can choke on them.

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I feel a little bit like Hitler right now, too.
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7384395948urhfdjfrueruieieueue at 11:58AM, July 9, 2007
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We should recall all food for the same reason.
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AQua_ng at 12:20PM, July 9, 2007
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I don't see this surprising. I mean, we live in a world where MacDonald's had to put ‘Caution: Hot’ on the cups of their coffee.

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7384395948urhfdjfrueruieieueue at 12:32PM, July 9, 2007
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And even with the caption it was “to hot” as if the label will say how hot it is.
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fern at 1:22PM, July 9, 2007
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Exzachly at 12:50AM, July 11, 2007
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What kind of idiot would buy that for a 20 month old?
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Kohdok at 1:02PM, July 11, 2007
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Exzachly
What kind of idiot would buy that for a 20 month old?

Probably the guy who tried to put his child on top of a wild bison to try and take a picture of it before taking them to the firing range.
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